The Linux Setup – Leonora Tindall, Student and Maintainer

I found Leonora via her System76 Thelio review. She uses Pop!_OS which is based upon GNOME, and it seems to work for her. Like many of us, she’s tried different desktops and she’s settled on the one that’s most convenient. I remain very curious about System76 hardware. However, I also remain curious about rooting a Chromebook, which is way cheaper. I’m not 100% certain I’ll ever do either.

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  1. Who are you, and what do you do?

    I’m a computer science student at Beloit College, an open source contributor and maintainer, and an avid amateur radio operator.

  2. Why do you use Linux?

    I initially learned about Linux because my parents gave me an old laptop without a hard drive when I was a kid, and lacking the money to buy either a hard drive or a Windows license, I ended up running Ubuntu 10.04 off of a USB thumb drive. Nowadays, I’ve tried to use both Windows and Mac OS, but neither one of them has the performance, tooling, or stability that desktop Linux has given me.

  3. What distribution do you run on your main desktop/laptop? What desktop environment do you use and why do you use it?

    My desktop is stock Pop!_OS from System76, with GNOME 3 as the desktop environment. I’ve used Ubuntu for a long time, whether mainline 10.04, Xubuntu 14.10, or Kubuntu 16.04. Pop!_OS is the vendor-provided OS for my very awesome System76 Thelio, and it’s almost exactly the same as stock Ubuntu, so there’s no real reason for me to ditch it.

  4. What one piece of Linux software do you depend upon? Why is it so important?

    For me, there’s no one piece of software that makes Linux the best environment. Rather, it’s the fact that everything in the whole system is geared towards interoperability via the Unix toolset that makes it such a great platform. I do my editing in Vim, search code with Ripgrep, and of course use the whole coreutils and moreutils toolbelts to get
    work done.

  5. What kind of hardware do you run this setup on?

    A System76 Thelio.

  6. Will you share a screenshot of your desktop?

*Interview conducted March 31, 2019


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